GIRLS BASKETBALL: LP-A pulls out thriller
It was as close to a 2-0 start as the Frazee girls' basketball team could get, but it still wasn't close enough.
The Lady Hornets dropped a 63-62 heartbreaker Thursday against the visiting Lake Park-Audubon Raiders, as the visitors came out on fire to build a 16-point first half lead at 29-13, and the Raiders went 2-0 on the season.
The Lady Hornets finished the half with a 7-2 run to cut the lead to 11 points and set the stage for a furious second half comeback.
But the rebounding of LP-A's Bailee Bartunek paced the Raiders to their lead on the scoreboard.
Frazee rode the red-hot shooting of Alexis Tappe in the second half, as she poured 21 of her game and career-high 33 points in the second half.
The Lady Hornets outscored the Raiders 26-15 to start the second half and caught the Raiders at 46-46.
LP-A was able to maintain a small lead the rest of the way, until Tappe hit a three-pointer with 17 seconds left to give Frazee the lead at 62-61, their first lead since 2-0.
After an LP-A timeout, the Raiders worked the ball around until it found the hands of Tate Hall.
Hall used a head fake to get around a Frazee defender at the three-point line and pulled up and hit a 15-foot shot from the left elbow with 2.1 seconds left.
It was Hall's only basket of the game. The Lady Hornets called a timeout but were unable to get a shot off following the timeout.
"I was so proud of the way our kids battled tonight after the dug themselves an early hole," said Frazee head coach Dave Conzemius.
"We could have easily folded when our shots weren't dropping in the first half, but instead they hung in there and gave themselves a chance to win at the end."
LP-A head coach Anthony Bryant said the depth of his team was a key.
"Breann Hogie and Maegan Anderson really inspired us defensively," Bryant said.
"And Tate Hall was steady all night."
Tappe led Frazee with her career high 33 points, while Bachmann added nine.
Andi Knudsvig led the Raiders with 25 points, while Bailee Bartunek chipped in with 18 points.
"You have to give a lot of credit to LP-A for maintaining their poise down the stretch," Conzemius added.
"They have a nice team and are going to win a lot of ball games this year."
The Frazee Lady Hornets opened up their season Tuesday at Battle Lake.
The Lady Hornets opened quick against the Battlers en route to a 48-38 victory.
Frazee raced out of the gate with 12-0 run to set the tone early. The Battlers tried to chip away at the lead, but were never able to get closer than eight points the entire night.
Tappe led a balanced scoring effort with 14 points. Ashley Bachmann added 10 points and Josi Tappe chipped in with nine points. McKinzie Tangen had a team-high 10 rebounds and Alexis Tappe had team-high in assists with five. "It's always good to open the season with a win especially on the road," Conzemius said.
"It was a fast paced game in the first half and both teams got a little tired in the second half, but our defense never allowed them to get back in the game."
Frazee (1-1) now heads to a tough part of its schedule early on, as the Lady Hornets' next three games are against section foes Hawley, Pelican Rapids and Crosby-Ironton.
Frazee will host Hawley Tuesday and Pelican Rapids (0-1) Friday.
Lake Park-Audubon at Frazee, Thursday, Dec. 1.
Raiders 31 32 - 63
Hornets 20 42 - 62
LPA: Hall 2, Sunram 1, Olson 5, Anderson 4, Knudsvig 25, Hogie 4, McDunn 4, Bartunek 18.
Fraz: T. Tappe 6, A. Tappe 33, Tangen 6, J. Tappe 4, Barlund 4, Bachmann 9.
Frazee at Battle Lake, Tuesday, Nov. 29.
Battle Lake 17 21 - 38
Hornets 29 19 - 48
Frazee: A. Tappe 14, Bachmann 10, J. Tappe 9, T. Tappe 5, Tangen 4, Barlund 4, Nelson 2.
Battle Lake: Rilla 20, VanWatermulen 6, VanErp 5, O'Neal 3, Merickel 2, Marso 2.